Budget padding: No going back on my petitons against Dogara, others – Jibrin
Moves by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to resolve the crisis in the House of Representatives over budget padding may have hit the rock as the former Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Mr. Abdulmumin Jibrin, has insisted on pushing for the investigations of the petitions he submitted to security agencies.
The party, it was learnt, after the meeting it held with Jibrin on Tuesday, had been appealing to the lawmaker to withdraw his petitions so that the crisis could be handled as “a family affair.”
It was, however, gathered that while the former chairman of the appropriation committee had yielded to the party’s request not to discuss the issue in the media, he had not agreed to withdraw his petitions.
He hinged his decision on the claim by the Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara, who said padding was not a crime.
The lawmaker according to an APC chieftain is saying that since the speaker said padding is not a crime, security agents should be allowed to do their job by investigating the matter.
The APC, in a letter to the former appropriation committee on Thursday, directed the lawmaker to stop “transmitting an opinion on the matter to the public” adding that it was, “looking into it towards finding possible solution.”
Jibrin had since Thursday stopped commenting on the allegation in the media after receiving a letter from the party leaders.
He neither picked calls to his mobile telephone nor replied to enquiries sent through text messages.
But the lawmaker, via his Twitter handle early on Saturday made a veiled reference to a statement by Dogara on Friday that padding was not an offence.
He said that there was no going back on the crusade against budget padding in the House.
“I am carefully observing things with sealed lips while others are talking. I am with Nigerians and there is no going back on this crusade!!!